Whenever a get a new book in a series I enjoy, I like to reread all the previous books before starting the new one. That means I end up reading the first book in a series multiple times. Cloche and Dagger, first book in Jenn McKinlay’s Hat Shop Mystery series, is one of my favorites.
Scarlett Parker escapes to London after a particularly humiliating break-up. Her cousin insists it’s the perfect time to finally take ownership of her half of the hat shop left to them by their late grandmother. Only, when Scarlett arrives, her cousin has vanished.
Business manager, Harrison Wentworth, isn’t concerned about Vivian’s disappearance. She does it all the time, he says. But Scarlet wonders whether he has something to do with her cousin’s absence.
Unable to get anyone to take her worry seriously, she attempts to run the hat shop without her cousin. Things go horribly wrong when she discovers one of their customers dead and wearing nothing but one of her cousin’s hats.
With a good dose of humor, Cloche and Dagger introduces us to a fantastic group of characters. Add a dash of British charm and this mystery leaves readers anticipating book two: Death of a Mad Hatter.
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